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Lorena Robalino seeks to decentralize the funds during her tenure at IFCI and that she is not just a “giver” of money

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In dialogue with this newspaper, she shares her experience as the director of a relatively young institute, and what will be its axis during her management.

Last october 13 lorena robalino assumed the direction of Institute for the Promotion of Creativity and Innovation. During her tenure, the Guayaquil actress, sociologist and communicator says among her objectives is to democratize public funds so that they reach the greatest number of people and provinces, and to simplify administrative procedures.

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Presented in Guayaquil the second call 2021 for the promotion lines The purpose of which is to benefit 128 projects in the area of ​​music, literature, plastic, audiovisual and performing arts. Its amount is $ 2′447.000, and it will be open until January 7, 14 and 21, depending on the promotion line to which you apply. Its bases are available at www.convocatoriascreatividad.gob.ec.

In dialogue with this newspaper, she shares her experience as the director of a relatively young institute, and what will be its axis during her management.

IFCI launches promotion line that seeks to benefit 128 artistic projects

Under what conditions does the IFCI receive?

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I see it as an institute that needs to be institutionalized. It all starts from the inside, that our collaborators feel IFCI. That they feel like an institute that not only makes agreements, but we go further for culture, for art.

One of my goals is to work on the unification of the team, many still feel ICCA (Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Creation), many still feel IFAIC (Institute for the Promotion of Arts, Innovation and Creativity), work in that they feel in A single institution that is moving towards the same goal also has its time, it is normal, because it is a young institution.

How does it feel to be a part of this institution?

As an artist I feel happy to be able to contribute from the management side, it will perhaps take me away from the stage for a while, but on the other hand we are managing these resources that are very important for all the arts, we want to take it fairly. Being part of all these cultural efforts from the management is also interesting, it is something that allows me to contribute from that side.

In his speech he mentioned that he seeks to decentralize the funds, since 70% of them – he pointed out – have stayed in Quito. It also seeks to bring the institution closer to society.

We want to reach more people, teach them, have these strategic allies who can accompany people in the processes, in the different provinces.

And as I said in my speech, it not only has to do with a decentralization of the province, but it also has to do with a decentralization of the arts, we have detected that cinema has been one of the arts that has received more money within the In recent years, and it is understood because they come from a process of struggle and rights … they have been a little more organized than the rest of the arts; But a little over a year ago, the IFCI was created, this fund goes everywhere. So we also want to decentralize from there, give more economic resources to the rest of the arts.

What will be the main path in your management?

One of the main projections is achieve sustainabilityThat and I want to do it not only through the calls, to generate lines that can be sustained, not only for specific projects that last a short time, but for processes that last much longer. Sometime achieve professionalization of many arts that we have, that are not contemplated as within the hard or main arts, for example make-up artists, costume designers, set designers, people who make lights, so many arts that are essential and perhaps are a little invisible.

What’s more we want to arrive internationally as a professional institute that can sell projects at festivals. To also be able to have a follow-up with all our beneficiaries, that they feel supported and accompanied.

At the time of presenting the promotion line, he spoke of simplifying administrative procedures. In what way would they do it?

We have simplified the bases, before they were like 24 sheets, now they have been reduced to 7 pages. They are much clearer, before they were complex to understand, I think you entered to see the bases, you got scared and you no longer wanted to apply. In addition, they no longer need to be registered with the RUAC to apply for the funds.

Have you been able to settle the unpaid values ​​with managers and artists?

It must be taken into account that we make the agreements, and the State Bank is the one who pays those agreements. We have already arrived from the Ministry of Culture, they have met with the minister, they have reached agreements, there have been changes within the State Bank that have delayed many processes, and others are up to date as well. It is not that we retain the money, we are the main interested in that the processes are closed and that they are closed well.

We are used to always going against the State, but when you are already on the side of the State, from a public part, you also realize that there are processes in which one does not have full responsibility, but rather it is a joint effort. (I)

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